List of actors who have played Sherlock Holmes

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Sherlock Holmes is the most portrayed literary character in film and television history, having appeared on screen 254 times as of 2012.[1] The list of actors who have played Sherlock Holmes in film, television, stage, or radio includes:

Name Title Date Type
William Gillette Sherlock Holmes 1899 Stage (Broadway)
Sherlock Holmes 1916 Film
Sherlock Holmes: "The Adventure Of The Speckled Band" 1930 Radio (NBC)
Lux Radio Theater – "Sherlock Holmes" 1935 Radio (NBC)
Harry Arthur Saintsbury Sherlock Holmes 1903–1910 Stage (London)
The Valley of Fear 1916 Film
Károly Baumann Sherlock Holmes – Sherlock Hochmec [2] 1905 Stage and film (Hungary)
Alwin Neuß Sherlock Holmes 1908 Film
The Stolen Legacy (Den stjaalne millionobligation) 1911 Film
Detektiv Braun 1914 Film
Der Hund von Baskerville 1914 Film
Viggo Larsen Arsène Lupin contra Sherlock Holmes 1910 Film (Germany)
Otto Lagoni Sherlock Holmes i Bondefangerklør 1910 Film
The Bogus Governess (Den forklædte barnepige) 1911 Film
The Black Hand (Den sorte Haand) 1911 Film
A Confidence Trick 1911 Film
Einar Zangenberg Hotel Thieves 1911 Film
Lauritz Olsen Den sorte hætte 1911 Film
Mack Sennett The $500 Reward 1911 Film
Georges Tréville The Mystery of Boscombe Vale 1912 Film
The Beryl Coronet 1912 Film
Hugo Flink Der Erdstrommotor 1917 Film (German)
Der Schlangenring 1917 Film (German)
Die Kassette 1917 Film (German)
Eille Norwood 45 shorts 1921–1923 Film
The Sign of the Four 1923 Film
The Hound of the Baskervilles 1921 Film
The Return of Sherlock Holmes[3] 1923 Stage (UK)
John Barrymore Sherlock Holmes 1922 Film
Carlyle Blackwell Der Hund von Baskerville 1929 Film
Clive Brook The Return of Sherlock Holmes 1929 Film
Paramount on Parade: "Murder Will Out" 1930 Film (4th Sequence)
Sherlock Holmes: "Scandal In Bohemia & The Red-Headed League" 1930 Radio (NBC)
Sherlock Holmes 1932 Film
Tod Slaughter Sherlock Holmes 1930 (~) Stage
Richard Gordon The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 1930–1933 Radio (NBC)
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 1936 Radio (Mutual, NBC)
Arthur Wontner The Sleeping Cardinal 1931 Film
The Missing Rembrandt 1932 Film
The Sign of Four 1932 Film
The Triumph of Sherlock Holmes 1935 Film
Silver Blaze 1937 Film
Raymond Massey The Speckled Band 1931 Film
Robert Rendel The Hound of the Baskervilles 1932 Film
Reginald Owen A Study in Scarlet 1933 Film
Hans Albers The Man Who Was Sherlock Holmes (Der Mann, der Sherlock Holmes war) 1937 Film
Orson Welles The Mercury Theater on the Air – "The Immortal Sherlock Holmes" 1938 Radio (CBS)
Basil Rathbone The Hound of the Baskervilles 1939 Film
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 1939 Film
The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 1939–1946 Radio (Blue Network & Mutual)
Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror 1942 Film
Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon 1943 Film
Sherlock Holmes in Washington 1943 Film
Sherlock Holmes Faces Death 1943 Film
Crazy House 1943 Film (cameo)
The Spider Woman 1944 Film
The Scarlet Claw 1944 Film
The Pearl of Death 1944 Film
The Woman in Green 1945 Film
Pursuit to Algiers 1945 Film
The House of Fear 1945 Film
Terror by Night 1946 Film
Dressed to Kill 1946 Film
Suspense – "The Adventure of the Black Baronet" 1953 TV episode
"Sherlock Holmes" by Ouida Rathbone 1953 Stage play
The Great Mouse Detective 1986 Animated film (Voice only)
Cedric Hardwicke The Speckled Band 1945 Radio (BBC)
Alan Napier Your Show Time – "The Speckled Band" 1949 TV episode
John Longden "Sherlock Holmes: The Man Who Disappeared" 1951 TV short
Alan Wheatley Sherlock Holmes 1951 TV series (BBC)
Carleton Hobbs 56 stories from the Sherlock Holmes canon[4] 1952–1969 Radio (BBC series)
John Gielgud The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes[5] 1954 Radio (BBC)
Ronald Howard Sherlock Holmes 1954–1955 TV series
Peter Cushing The Hound of the Baskervilles 1959 Film
Sherlock Holmes 1968 TV series
The Masks of Death 1984 TV film
Christopher Lee Sherlock Holmes and the Deadly Necklace (Sherlock Holmes und das Halsband des Todes) 1962 Film
Incident at Victoria Falls 1991 TV film
Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady 1992 TV film
Douglas Wilmer Detective – "The Speckled Band" 1964 TV pilot
Sherlock Holmes 1965 TV series
The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother 1975 Film
Fritz Weaver Baker Street 1965 Stage musical (Broadway Theatre, NYC)
John Neville A Study in Terror 1965 Film
Sherlock Holmes 1973 (~) Stage (Royal Shakespeare Company)
Erich Schellow Sherlock Holmes 1967–1968 TV series
Nando Gazzolo Sherlock Holmes 1968 TV series (Italy)
Robert Stephens The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes 1970 Film
George C. Scott They Might Be Giants 1971 Film
Stewart Granger The Hound of the Baskervilles 1972 TV film
John Cleese Comedy Playhouse series 13 – "Elementary, My Dear Watson" 1973 TV film
The Strange Case of the End of Civilization as We Know It 1977 Film
John Wood Sherlock Holmes 1974–1976 Stage (Broadway)
Leonard Nimoy Sherlock Holmes 1976 Stage (Royal Shakespeare Company)
Larry Hagman The Return of the World's Greatest Detective 1976 TV film
Roger Moore Sherlock Holmes in New York 1976 TV film
Nicol Williamson The Seven-Per-Cent Solution 1976 Film
Christopher Plummer Silver Blaze 1977 Film
Murder by Decree 1979 Film
Peter Cook The Hound of the Baskervilles 1978 Film
Paxton Whitehead The Crucifer of Blood 1978 Stage (Broadway)
Keith Michell The Crucifer of Blood 1979 Stage (London)
Vasily Livanov The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson 1979–1986 TV film series
Geoffrey Whitehead Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson 1979 TV series
Algimantas Masiulis Blue Carbuncle 1980 Film (Belarusfilm)
Keith Baxter The Penultimate Problem of Sherlock Holmes 1980 Stage (Off-Broadway)
Murder, My Dear Watson 1983 Stage
Paul Singleton Grit in a Sensitive Instrument 1980, 1982 Stage (regional theatre, Off-Broadway), cable TV
The Blue Carbuncle 2007–2008 Stage (Off Broadway, Los Angeles)
Charlton Heston The Crucifer of Blood 1981 Stage (Los Angeles)
The Crucifer of Blood 1991 TV film
Frank Langella Sherlock Holmes 1981 TV film
Sherlock's Last Case 1990 Stage (Broadway)
Peter Lawford Fantasy Island – "The Case Against Mr. Roarke/Save Sherlock Holmes" 1982 TV episode
Tom Baker The Hound of the Baskervilles 1982 TV serial
Guy Henry Young Sherlock: The Mystery of the Manor House 1982 TV series
Peter O'Toole Sherlock Holmes and the Valley of Fear
Sherlock Holmes and the Sign of Four
Sherlock Holmes and a Study in Scarlet
Sherlock Holmes and the Baskerville Curse
1983 Animated films
Ian Richardson The Sign of Four
The Hound of the Baskervilles
1983 TV films
Jeremy Brett The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 1984–1985 TV series
The Return of Sherlock Holmes 1986–1988 TV series
The Secret of Sherlock Holmes 1988–89 Stage (touring, British)
The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes 1991–1993 TV series
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes 1994 TV series
Taichirō Hirokawa (Japanese version)
Larry Moss (English version)
Elio Pandolfi (Italian version)
Sherlock Hound 1984–1985 TV anime
Nicholas Rowe Young Sherlock Holmes 1985 Film
Brent Spiner Star Trek: The Next Generation – "Lonely Among Us" 1987 TV episode
"Elementary, Dear Data" 1988 TV episode
"Ship in a Bottle" 1993 TV episode
Michael Pennington The Return of Sherlock Holmes 1987 TV film
Time Winters Sherlock Holmes and the Hands of Othello 1987 Stage (Off-Off Broadway, NY)
Ross Bagdasarian, Jr. Alvin and the Chipmunks – "Elementary, My Dear Simon" 1988 TV episode
Michael Caine Without a Clue 1988 Film
Ron Moody Sherlock Holmes: The Musical 1989 Stage
Clive Merrison The entire canon – the only actor to do so[6] 1989–2004 Radio series (BBC)
Edward Woodward Hands of a Murderer 1990 TV film
Patrick Macnee The Hound of London 1993 TV film
Anthony Higgins Sherlock Holmes Returns 1993 TV film
Jason Gray-Stanford Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century 1996 TV series (animated)
Roy Hudd The Newly Discovered Casebook of Sherlock Holmes 1999 Radio series (BBC)
Matt Frewer The Case of the Whitechapel Vampire 2002 TV film
The Sign of Four 2001 TV film
The Royal Scandal 2001 TV film
The Hound of the Baskervilles 2000 TV film
Joaquim de Almeida The Xango from Baker Street (O Xangô de Baker Street) 2001 Film (Brazil/Portugal)
James D'Arcy Sherlock: Case of Evil 2002 TV film
Richard Roxburgh The Hound of the Baskervilles 2002 TV film
Rupert Everett Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Silk Stocking 2004 TV film
Nis Bank-Mikkelsen The Blue Carbuncle 2007 Children's audio drama (Danish)
Robert Webb That Mitchell and Webb Look – "Holmes and Watson" 2007 TV skit
Jonathan Pryce Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars 2007 TV Film
Roger Llewellyn Sherlock Holmes – The Death and Life,[7] Sherlock Holmes – The Last Act[8] 2009 Audio dramas (Big Finish Productions)
Robert Downey, Jr. Sherlock Holmes 2009 Film
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows 2011 Film
Nicholas Briggs Sherlock Holmes[9] 2010–2016 Audio dramas (Big Finish Productions)
David Mitchell That Mitchell and Webb Look – "Old Sherlock Holmes" 2010 TV skit
Ben Syder Sherlock Holmes 2010 direct-to-video film
Alexander Armstrong The Armstrong and Miller Show 2010 TV skit
Benedict Cumberbatch Sherlock 2010–present TV series (BBC)
Gary Piquer Holmes & Watson. Madrid Days 2012 Film (Spanish)
Jonny Lee Miller Elementary 2012–present TV series (American)
Igor Petrenko Sherlock Holmes 2013 TV series (Russian)
Julien Masdoua Le Cabaret Sherlock Holmes 2013 Stage (France)
Benjamin Lawlor The Hound of the Baskervilles 2013 Stage (UK)
Simon Michael Morgan Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol 2013 Stage (Britain)
Louis Oliver Moffat SherlockFlashbacks of Holmes as a child 2013 TV series (BBC)
Kōichi Yamadera Sherlock Holmes 2014–present TV series (puppetry, Japan)
Ian McKellen Mr. Holmes 2015 Film
Yoshimitsu Takasugi
Chuck Huber
The Empire of Corpses 2015 Anime film (Japanese and English dub, respectively)
Paul Andrew Goldsmith Sherlock Holmes & the Case of the Christmas Carol 2015–2016 UK theatre tour (Baroque Theatre Company)
Mark Caven Houdini & Doyle – "The Pall of LaPier" 2016 TV series